O’Connell Street, Dublin yesterday
Very strange occurrence just now – out for a walk within my 5km, stop for 15 seconds at the GPO to leave a bunch of flowers on Easter Monday
Then approached by 6 Gardaí to take details and totally intimidated saying “you’re not exercising”🤷🏻♂️
— Daniel Lambert (@dlLambo) April 5, 2021
Daniel’s walking companion, historian Donal Fallon writes:
Yesterday I walked into the city ( within my 5km) and met a friend who did likewise (within his). We do this most weeks for exercise. As it was Easter we walked the city to the various sites. We decided to leave lilies, from a convenience shop on O’Connell Street, at the GPO.
Both of us were then approached by Gardai and had our details taken. We were exercising, within our 5km. People live in tiny apartments and need to get out and walk. The ability to go for walks is just about all that has kept me sane.
I’ve (mostly) supported the public health restrictions. I’ve tried my best and raised about 10k for hospitals and hospices despite my own livelihood being affected like many others. Dan likewise has done good. I’ve not seen my parents in 4 months. I’ve stayed within 5km. People are trying really hard. I see almost nobody.
Something changed in how this has all been policed since January. When you break absolutely no restrictions, but are made to feel like you have done something wrong, it is upsetting. It’s happening everyday to people.
I have tremendous respect for everyone working through this – as the son of a retired firefighter and care nurse I’m conscious of the stress all frontline workers would be under. But the atmosphere has to change. Most people are just trying their best, including us.
I think the bit that upsets me most about this is that what we did was a very simple little gesture. People are doing their best across Ireland, from care home workers to shop staff. A few lilies at the GPO just meant something would be marked even in this tough year.
Top pic: 1916 Easter Rising Tour